Put Spring Into Your Easter Brunch

Easter is a perfect opportunity to celebrate spring and entertain your family and friends with the fresh flavors of the season. We created a casual Easter Brunch menu, easy to prepare and serve. Many menu items can be prepared the evening before, then heated and plated when your guests arrive.   Easter Brunch Menu: Starters Caviar Eggs Spring Veggies Crudités with Ginger Carrot Dipping Sauce Lemon Rosemary Scones Savories Citrus Salad with Honey and Mint Quiche with Feta in Hash Brown Crust Sweets Assorted French Almond Macaroons Fresh Strawberries on Greek Yogurt Beverages Fresh Juices: Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, Orange Champagne: served in classic coupe glasses garnished edible flowers Wine: Sauvignon Blanc Waters: Still and Sparkling Coffee and Tea Entertaining Thoughts […]

Best Bunnies – Chocolate Easter Bunnies to Dye For!

Easter morning conjures childhood memories of the basket hunt with the prized Chocolate Bunny nested in the center with a medley of sugary pastel sweets. The Chocolate Bunny, wrapped in foil or in a box was the sweet reward, much to sweet for a grownup palate. Chocolate Bunnies have grown up, perhaps to Chocolate Rabbits, made with quality dark chocolate, organic and gluten free. Bunnies in classic standing poses, in cars, motorcycles and boats. Bunnies filled with caramel, nuts, sea salt, fruits, even hot chile peppers and on a stick. We found, classic, silly, dapper and ever-so-tiny, Chocolate Bunnies. Chocolate Bunnies as gifts, decor, place cards and centerpieces.  We went on our own Easter hunt, for  the best artisan crafted […]

Celebrating Mardi Gras with International Customs

Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday is a celebration on the eve of Ash Wednesday, commencing 40 days of giving up meat, sweets and indulgences, reflecting 40 days of fasting. Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world with cultural customs and traditions. United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia – Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday. Brazil – Terça-feira Gorda [Fat Tuesday] – the final day of Brazilian Carnival. Greece – Apocreas, which means “from the meat”,  meat is not eaten during Lent. Sweden – Fettisdagen – Pancake Tuesday Denmark – Fastelavn – Bun Day USA – Mardi Gras – In Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States. Germany – Fastnacht – also “Fasnacht”, “Fasenacht”, “Fasteloven” [Rhine […]

Happy Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year 2014 Year of the Horse. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on the Chinese New Year. Twelve animals came, and Buddha named a year after each animal. Buddha named each animal’s year to reflect the animal’s personality. The horse birth years are 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978 and 2002 If you were born in horse years your personality traits are; being cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with your hands. Entertaining Your Spirit of the Horse xoxo

Un-Trim The Tree Party… Fa La La La

Hosting an Un-Trim The Tree Party can be somewhat bittersweet but fun. As you put the Christmas season to bed, celebrate all the warm feelings the season offered. This is also is an opportunity to have an impromptu get together as well as have a small troupe of elf-helpers put your Christmas away. Host the party on the twelfth day of Christmas [the last day of the holiday season] or the closest weekend. Invite friends and neighbors even business colleagues, why not? The more the merrier! Invitations –  Sending informal invites via e-mail is acceptable. An un-trim the tree party is light-hearted in nature, not a formal affair. Set the Mood – Make a  crackling fire, light candles. Warm up  […]

The 12th Day of Christmas – The Epiphany

Le Fête des Rois (or Kings’ Feast) is Celebrated on the Epiphany. The Epiphany, January the 6th, the 12th day of Christmas, is when the Three Kings visit the baby Jesus. Dating back to the 14th century, the Feast of the Epiphany has been celebrated in France as “tirer les rois” (decide who is the king of the day). Part of the festivities includes a galette, a traditional flat cake, round in shape, which symbolises the sun. The galette des Rois is a delectable dessert made of puff pastry filled with crème d’amande [almond creme]. Each galette is sold with a golden crown and contains a fève hidden inside (a fava bean or a decorative charm). The youngest child in the […]

Elegant New Year’s Eve Canapés

The Menu Parmesan Shortbread Bites with Bubbly Creamy Goat Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes on a Crispy Spoon-Shaped Cracker Trio of Savory Madeleines Beet “Tartare” Deviled Quail Eggs Bloody Mary Soup Shots with Shrimp and Pickled Vegetables Warm Yukon Gold Blinis with Crème Fraîche and Salmon Caviar Lobster Salad Canapés image + recipes: Small Bites